Dream finals will be held at the Kazakhstan National Spartakyad

The dream finals have been realized in several weight categories at the Kazakhstan National Spartakyad in Astana.

The event is one of the selection competitions for the upcoming 1st World Olympic Boxing Qualifying Event which will be starting in Busto Arsizio, Italy on February 29. The Kazakhstan National Spartakyad holds in all of the 13 male weight categories but the seven Olympic divisions are the most important in this event in Astana.

Temirtas Zhussupov is an excellent exemplar for the younger generations in Kazakhstan, the 35-year-old boxer not only advanced to the final of the minimumweight (48kg) after beating Yernar Karap but he is the favourite against Askhat Zhusupov for the title.

Saken Bibossynov, the 2021 World Champion of the flyweight (51kg), kept his full concentration until the last seconds against Daniyal Sabit, the silver medallist from the Dubai 2021 ASBC Asian Boxing Championships. The Tokyo Olympics bronze medallist won all of the three rounds and he will now meet for the title, the World Champion of the minimumweight (48kg), Sanzhar Tashkenbay.

Shymkent’s World Champion Makhmud Sabyrkhan controlled his semi-final over a tall boxer, Yerbolat Sabyr and he managed to join the featherweight (57kg) final in Astana. The 22-year-old star will now meet for the title Orazbek Assylkulov who claimed several silver medals in the recent Kazakh Nationals.

Serik Temirzhanov has just moved up to the light welterweight (63.5kg) but he acclimatized quickly to the category and Pavlodar region’s No.1 eliminated Almaty’s Zhandos Kydyraliev in the semi-finals. The 25-year-old Tokyo Olympian will be boxing for the title of the weight class, Mukhammedsabyr Bazarbay Uulu, the 2019 Asian Youth Champion.

Talgat Shayken made a great comeback to the competitions this year and after several strong battles, he is now finalist at the light middleweight (71kg). The 23-year-old boxer bowed out Almaty region’s Darkhan Duisebay and his final opponent will be the 2021 Youth World Champion, Sabyrzhan Akkalykov.

The light heavyweight (80kg) is the strongest category in the Spartakyad and the semi-finals delivered world-class actions in Astana. Firstly, Bekzat Nurdauletov defeated Yerassyl Zhakpekov by split decision, secondly Nurbek Oralbay outpointed Tursynbay Kulakhmet, the 2019 Asian Champion. Nurbek Oralbay and Nurdauletov both were World Champions and their final could be one of the highlights of the Spartakyad.

The dream final at the heavyweight (92kg) also accomplished, the 2022 ASBC Asian Elite Champion Aibek Oralbay and the Asian Games bronze medallist Sagyndyk Togambay marched to the title bout. The younger boxers, the former Asian Youth Champions such as Damir Toybay and Amanat Sabyrgali advanced to the final of the super heavyweight (+92kg). One of the most promising Kazakh boxers, Nursultan Altynbek advanced to the finals in a non-Olympic division, at the bantamweight (54kg) while the 19-year-old Temirlan Mukatayev is also a finalist at the cruiserweight (86kg).

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